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Former LCV Board Member Donna Edwards Takes Oath of Office

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Joshua McNeil, (202) 785-8683 or joshua_mcneil@lcv.org June 19, 2008  
WASHINGTON, DC – Donna Edwards won a special election Tuesday to represent Maryland’s 4th district in the United States House of Representatives.  Edwards served on the boards of both LCV and the Maryland League of Conservation Voters prior to beginning her campaign.  LCV was among the first organizations to support Edwards’s challenge to incumbent Al Wynn in the February Democratic primary election and spent more than $100,000 to contact more than 225,000 households on her behalf. 
             
“Sending Donna Edwards to Congress is a tremendous victory for Maryland and the environment,”  LCV President Gene Karpinski said.  “Starting today, the people of Maryland have a strong new voice in Washington and the people of this country have a new leader who will stand up to the oil companies and fight for a clean, renewable energy future that will give American families real choices.”
      
Edwards, a long-time environmental champion, earned 79% of the vote in yesterday’s election and will be the first African-American female elected to Congress from Maryland.  She took the oath of office in a ceremony at the Capitol earlier today.
             
"LCV and its members are extremely proud of Donna Edwards and her victory," Karpinski continued.  “The success of this great conservation leader bodes well for November, when energy and environmental issues will shape elections across the country.  LCV is committed to expanding the pro-environment majority in the house and to electing a 60-vote, pro-environment majority in the Senate.”
      
This is the first time a former LCV Board member has been elected to Congress.
       
       


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